Sammy Woodhouse – Individual Award Winner – 2018

Sammy is an author, public speaker, campaigner, and consultant. In 2013 she gave evidence to The Times that proved that she had been abused and failed by the authorities. The resulting article named the man that abused her as the deputy leader of Rotheram council. This triggered the Alexis Jay report, which uncovered the abuse of 1,400 children in Rotherham. The largest police investigation in the UK followed, leading to a large number of perpetrators being convicted and held accountable for their abuse. Sammy campaigns against children being criminalised for crimes that they were groomed or coerced into, as well as being involved in a number of other campaigns around education, counselling services, sex venue licensing laws, and criminal injuries compensation for survivors of sexual violence. Sammy has published a book about her experiences.

Sammy’s most recent campaigning work has addressed convicted perpetrators of rape being encouraged to apply for contact with the children of the women they have victimised.